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New (Easy) Way to Stretch Your Own Canvas

Being part of the creative process from beginning to end is what most artists live for. This is just one of the reasons many artists choose to stretch their own

Painting with Metallics Using Sharpie, Krink, Molotow and More!

Paint markers can be used to create images and designs on everything from paper, panels, foil, fabrics and glass to plastic, pottery, rubber, wood, and even stone. Add metallic and

5 Things to Consider When Choosing Stretcher Strips

Stretcher strips (also called stretcher bars) are typically made of wood, metal or a combination of the two. The different types of wood can range from pine to fir. Whether

Heavy Texturing and Layering Techniques 101

Every artist dreams of creating works of art that will enthrall everyone from novices to notable critics. While a talented artist can certainly create captivating paintings using a variety of

Watercolor Canvas vs. Watercolor Paper – What’s the Difference?

Every artist knows that painting on watercolor canvas versus watercolor paper has its advantages and disadvantages. However, for many artists the positives far outweigh the negatives. For starters, watercolor canvas

Step-by-Step Instructions to Sizing and Priming Canvas

Artist Hand Priming   Artist hand priming allows the artist to have ultimate control over the final surface. However, without proper technique and materials an improperly sealed surface can result,

Tell Me More About Cotton Duck Canvas

Cotton duck, also called duck cloth, duck, or duck canvas, is a popular type of textile used in a wide range of industries from art and apparel to boating and

Raising the Value of Your Art

Art is Expression. Art is Beautiful. Art is Inspiring. At the end of the day, however, Art is also Big Business. This means, if you want to make it in

The History of Botanical Art

Botanical art has a long history that many believe dates back to as early as 15th century B.C. According to the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA), in the tomb

Getting to Know the Gallery System . . . and How to Survive it

No one says breaking into the glamorous world of art is easy. But when you think about it, breaking into any creative career can be difficult. Just ask any successful